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What an incredible place. Rhodes offers almost any kind of holiday you could want. If you want peace and quiet, youíll find it on Rhodes. If you want activities and night-life, Rhodes has got it. If you want to explore history and culture, that is there too. The island is clean, the locals are very warm and friendly to tourists. English is spoken everywhere and most signs are in English too.
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Kalithea - Koskinou Village

Municipality of Kalithea
Population: 3,224
7km from Rhodes Town

Koskinou is an inland village on the eastern coast of Rhodes. It is a very busy, lively village, and has a beautiful vantage point over the bay of Kallithea and Faliraki. Should you be spending any amount of time in this special village it will give you an opportunity to experience the traditional way of village life. The traditional houses here are of special interest as they are enclosed by high walls, fine stone porches with arches, elaborately designed and painted doors. Should you be lucky enough to look into one of these courtyards you will be taken aback by the brightly coloured potted flowers and the exceptional beauty of the exquisite hand-made cobblestone floors. You will find any number of these homes along the narrow winding streets through the old part of the village.

Today Koskinou has become one of the more influential suburbs of Rhodes and one can drive through the windy, hilly streets and see the modern homes overlooking the Bay of Kallithea. Koskinou is also well known for the sticky sesame and honey cake called melekouni-it is made for traditional celebrations such as weddings and baptisms and handed out to all the guests after the celebration-they are a symbol of a sweet life, Melekounia are very particular to Rhodes and should you visit another part of Greece and show it to a local, they will know that you travelled through Rhodes first.